Schools opening dates announced

By ZBC Reporter

Government says schools will re-open on the 30th of August for examination classes and on the 6th of September for normal classes.

This was revealed in a Post-Cabinet Media Briefing by the Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa this Wednesday evening.

Noting with satisfaction the preparations for the resumption of classes in schools, Cabinet is advising that schools will re-open on 30 August, 2021 for examination classes, and on 6 September, 2021 for non-examination classes. As such, the inter-city and intra-city transportation for learners will be allowed during schools re-opening periods, subject to close monitoring by law enforcement agencies,she said.

Senator Mutsvangwa also highlighted that the opening comes after wide consultation with relevant sectors.

Regarding Primary and Secondary Education, the collaboration between the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education, and Health and Child Care has buttressed the sector’s COVID-19 prevention and management systems.  The two Ministries met with provincial teams to evaluate progress in the implementation of the Joint Operational Plan of the Standard Guidelines for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of COVID-19 at Learning Institutions. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education also met with teacher organisations and deliberated on the safe re-opening of schools, among other issues.

Under Level four Lock down regulations ,restaurants were only open for takeaways under restricted operating hours as a way of controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Restaurant operators can however breathe a sigh of relief,as restaurants are set to reopen under strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

The nation is further informed that restaurants will be allowed to re-open for sit-in patrons who are fully vaccinated subject to the production of vaccination cards and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols,added Mutsvangwa.

Cabinet also expressed confidence that herd immunity will be achieved by December 2021.

Figures from the Ministry of Health and Child Care indicate that as of 24 August, 2021, a total of 2 382 359 people had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and   1 506 445 their second dose across the country.